Just about three weeks ago, Mark Newman, the Yankees SVP of Baseball Ops, said that the team’s plan was to keep Mark Melancon in Double-A this season. Via Mike Ashmore’s Thunder Thoughts on July 10th:
Newman did not necessarily commit to keeping Mark Melancon in Trenton all season.
“Yes (the plan is to keep him in Trenton all season), but plans are changeable. Whoever’s the next Joba, I’m not sure. But he certainly has ability, and he’s pitched extraordinarily well here. He’s still essentially in a rehab season. This is his first competition in professional baseball, and he’s doing it coming off Tommy John surgery. We didn’t expect him to do this well.”
But, today, Mike Ashmore is reporting that Melancon has been called up to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Could the Yankees be moving him along to try and get him on the big league team before September 1st? Hey, it’s possible.